Friday, March 24, 2006

Try, try again

It's easy to give up. Many people make it a way of life. A habit that becomes so ingrained that they automatically resort to it when times get tough. But that's no way to live.

Becoming good or better at what you do takes time and practice. Even the phenoms put in a little time to hone their skills. Or a lot. *grins*
People must invest themselves in the goal to succeed. No deposit--no return. When was the last time you got something for nothing?
The world doesn't owe you a living, a good time, or a soft place to rest your head. It takes a bit of effort on your part.

When I seriously started pursuing a career in writing, I was scared shitless. All the talk of agents, queries, synopsi, and publishers. It was enough to drive me stupid without half trying. I picked up Jeff Herman's book. I immediately googled the hell out of all of the above. I worked my butt off to get information to better myself and my odds of success.
I'm STILL learning. There is not one day that goes by that I don't learn something new. I refuse to let setbacks keep me down. Because there are only two things to do when you're down. Stay there or pull yourself up. I won't let myself atrophy because it's a little harder to accomplish something than not to.
Sure, there are brick walls. Hurricanes. Tornadoes. And roadblocks. But everything and anything is surmountable when you give it your best shot.
And if you've tried and given it your everything...then there's no shame in failing or succeeding less than you had hoped. The only shame is not trying.
This inspirational post brought to you by the letter "C" and the number "7"
Though I don't think Sesame Street would use profanity. LMAO


Silma said...

Yep, some people are the George Constanzas of writing - they quit as soon as things get tough. Others are the Jerry Seinfield of writing - they figure everything evens out for them so why try too hard, for them everything is a joke. Then there are the Elaine Venice of writing - independent, mouthy, and gutsy, yet insecure. I'm more of the Kramer of writing - I don't know how I do it, but whatever I do, I do it my way (in a wacky if not totally disconnected way). *lol*

Michelle said...

I like the Kramer analogy. I think that fits me, too!

You're right though--you can't ever give up. No matter how tough it gets (and it is ALWAYS tough, no matter what stage you're in).